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Nation's Biggest Black-Owned Brewery Will Host Fresno BBQ Party on Saturday
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By Edward Smith
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February 21, 2024

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If you like barbecue and live music, the nation’s largest Black-owned brewery has a party planned for Saturday to celebrate Black History Month.

Tickets are on sale for Full Circle Brewery’s third annual Black History Month Party & BBQ Cook Off. Prominent Fresno rapper Planet Asia will headline the concert.

The cook-off begins at noon with the concert starting at 5 p.m. at Full Circle’s downtown location, 712 Fulton St. Tickets, priced from $5 to $50, are available at this link.

“As the nation’s largest Black-owned brewery, Full Circle is thrilled to host a Black History Month celebration showcasing local chefs, vendors, fellow Black-owned breweries, and artists. We are committed to raising awareness about the underrepresentation of Black brewers, with less than 1% of the over 8,000 breweries in the U.S. being Black-owned,” said Arthur Moye, CEO of Full Circle.

Phill Young wins best barbecue for the second year in a row at Full Circle’s 2023 Black History Month Party & BBQ Cook Off. Young died shortly later. (Full Circle Brewing Co.)

Full Circle’s BBQ Event Grows

The brewery’s Black History Month party and barbecue drew about 600 people in 2023, said Adam Band, director of National Chain Accounts for Full Circle. This year, they wanted to add a concert.

One of the biggest names in rap to call Fresno home, Planet Asia, will headline the event. Rapping since the 1990s, Planet Asia has collaborated with names such as Sean Price and Pharoahe Monch. Planet Asia’s song “G’s & Soldiers,” featuring Kurupt, appeared on the soundtrack of the 2005 John Travolta movie “Be Cool.”

Also performing is MC Wicks, an up-and-coming Fresno rapper. Rappers Otis Reed and Omar Aura will also perform.

VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with performers.

On the food side, six different competitors will vie for the title of best barbecue.

Full Circle earned the title of the largest Black-owned brewery in the nation after merging with San Francisco-based Speakeasy Ales and Lagers.

Full Circle Brewing Co. CEO Arthur Moye barbecues at the 2023 Black History Month Party & BBQ Cook Off. (Full Circle Brewing Co.)

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Edward Smith,
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Edward Smith began reporting for GV Wire in May 2023. His reporting career began at Fresno City College, graduating with an associate degree in journalism. After leaving school he spent the next six years with The Business Journal, doing research for the publication as well as covering the restaurant industry. Soon after, he took on real estate and agriculture beats, winning multiple awards at the local, state and national level. You can contact Edward at 559-440-8372 or at Edward.Smith@gvwire.com.

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